You bought your new camera, you took a couple classes at your local Henry’s, and now you understand all the rules and the settings, and you’re ready to take some awesome travel shots. Before you pack your filters and your gorillapod, here are a few tips to take along:
Get High – Get Low:
Make sure your pictures are not all taken from eye-level…climb a tree, lay on the ground, do something to get a more interesting angle.
Capture Daily Like of the Locals:
A great way to get a feel of the local culture is to grab some shots of normal daily life.
Don’t be Afraid to go Black and White:
Experiment. Sometimes when you stare at a picture and wonder why it doesn’t grab you, it’s often because it’s too busy – there’s too much to look at. Sometimes colour is just distracting. Try it out in black and white – if it’s right, you’ll know it.
Fill the Frame:
Sometimes you don’t need context. Be brave and fill the entire frame with your subject.
Ask the Locals if you can Take Their Picture:
Ask a traveler what he/she remembers most about their favourite place, and they will always mention the people. Why not make the people part of your memories? I’m rarely turned down when I ask a local to smile for my camera.
So the next time you travel somewhere new, get high-get low, let the locals be your muse, and don’t be afraid to play in post.